Making A Difference
Children’s House Montessori School enjoys being part of the community. It’s never too early to teach children about compassion and helping those that are less fortunate. We are all in this world together and we CAN make a difference.
We have several ongoing projects, along with seasonal projects, that help the community. We encourage all families that are able to participate in the projects.
Did you know the tab of a traditional soda can has a real value? We collect the tab tops for the Ronald McDonald House. They get money from the recycling of those tab tops to help pay for rooms for families who can’t afford to stay there while their children are being treated at AI DuPont Children’s Hospital.
We have many “green” projects to help with recycling. We collect plastic soda and water caps for recycling. The plastic caps are sent to Ohio where they make them into door mats and they stay out of our land fill. We also collect eye glasses, used ink cartridges, old crayons and markers, plastic grocery bags and Capri sun pouches. All are reused or turned into other useful things and kept out of the landfill.
Charitable collections include change each year but generally include Stuff the Bus for the Food Bank of Delaware (November), Light up the Night for the Ronald McDonald House (December), Pennies for Patients for the Leukemia Society (February/March).
Past projects have also included artwork for “Weaving a Tapestry of Hope” exhibits for the City of Wilmington, decorating a themed tree at Longwood Gardens, collecting for Basket Brigade, Tri State Bird rescue, Delaware Humane Society, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree, WJBR Operation Warm, Adopt A Family, various mini fundraisers put on by the children collecting for the Katrina victims through Oprah’s Angel Network, enough earned to buy a water buffalo donated to Heifer International, and contributions to Pennies for Peace.
Children’s House has an established compost demonstration site (on our trail behind the school) completed as part of an Eagle Scout Project the spring of 2009 by Steven Morente. Each of six composting methods is labelled and demonstrated on the site.
Multi Pallet Bin Method – Area for green (grass), brown (fallen leaves, small sticks), and an area to “mix” the two (center) Result: Use of yard waste to create garden use compost and less waste in the local landfill.
Prefabricated Compost Bin – Open type bin is for yard waste (green and brown) and closed type allows for kitchen waste as well as yard waste.